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LEOPOLD—Paoli scored 16 field goals from within 8 feet of the basket and beat Perry Central 51-40 in PLAC girls basketball Tuesday.
The Rams made four rebound baskets.
They also got some fast-break layups by releasing a guard early and making an outlet pass to her after a defensive rebound. They outrebounded Perry Central 33-23 overall.
And Paoli center Dara Thorlton was taller than any Perry Central starter and posted up strong. She hit 6 of 9 shots from the field—only one from outside 7 feet—and scored 12 points.
“They only made three shots from outside the lane in the first half,” noted Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson. “All the rest came from within 5 feet of the basket.”
Perry Central, on the other hand, was unable to work the ball inside consistently against Paoli’s 2-3 zone defense.
“When we concentrated on (getting it inside), we did it,” said Dickerson. “If we’re going to compete at a higher level, we’re going to have to have an inside presence.”
Hitting only 6 of 15 free throws and committing 21 turnovers also hurt the Commodores.
“We did not have a very good performance in any facet of the game,” said Dickerson. “They got nearly all the loose balls and outplayed us in every part of the game.
“If I had to give you a reason why it happened, I couldn’t. The effort was there—our girls always play hard.”
Perry Central tied the score 25-25 on an inside basket by Katie Schwartz with less than five minutes left in the third quarter.
But Paoli followed with a 13-1 run—including five inside baskets—to take the lead for good.
Hilarie Hahus and Rachael Rayford led Perry Central with 10 points apiece.
Tessa Lynch came off the bench to add nine, hitting 4 of 6 shots from the field.
Deidra Dickerson grabbed seven rebounds for the Commodores. Lavina Schwartz made four steals and had four assists.
Junior guard Olivia Stroud led Paoli with 15 points.
Perry Central fell to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the PLAC. Paoli, playing its first conference game, improved to 5-5 overall.
Paoli won the junior varsity game 26-24.
Megan Lindauer scored six points to lead Perry Central. Lindsey Gengelbach and Kristi Brumfield each grabbed seven rebounds and Amy Schwartz made four steals.